The Emerging Enterprise Series is brought to you by AppZoro and hosted by Sam Agarwal and Marianna Velozo
Barry Etra worked in Sales and Marketing, Operations, and General Management for manufacturing organizations in the Northeast. He came to Atlanta to be the COO of a plastics manufacturing plant, and then ran the Etra Advisory Group, helping companies and institutions find funding that they couldn’t get traditionally. In 2014 he founded the RAISE Forum in partnership with Emory; they help early-stage companies in the Southeast get senior funding from the Southeast, which helps keep companies here. He has a BA and an MBA from Columbia University. Connect with Barry on LinkedIn.
Keiretsu Forum was founded in 2000 by Randy Williams in the San Francisco Bay Area. With more than 2,500 investor members in 52 chapters on 3 continents, Keiretsu Forum is the world’s largest by-invitation-only angel investor network. Keiretsu Forum membership is comprised of angel investors, venture capitalists, corporate/institutional investors and serial entrepreneurs who provide early-stage capital in the range of $250,000 – $2 million to high-quality, diverse investment opportunities. Keiretsu Forum members collaborate in the due diligence, but make individual investment decisions. For more information, visit www.KeiretsuForum.com. To learn more about the Keiretsu Forum South-East Region visit www.KeiretsuForum-SouthEast.com. You can also follow them on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
Sam Agarwal is an Innovative Applications Developer. Sam is the founder and CEO of AppZoro Technologies, Inc. – an experienced team of full-stack mobile app developers and web designers. He holds a BS in Computer Science and is working on his Master’s at Georgia Tech. Sam is an Advisor of Mobile App Technology for the Atlanta Tech Village, one of the U.S. leading co-working space entities located in Atlanta, Georgia.
From concept to market-ready digital product, AppZoro is your single-source for everything from complex programming and database development to payment integrations and front-end design. With AppZoro’s in-house team of Agile Coders and Inventive Designers, you’ll get consistent high-quality work at a startup-friendly price.
Sam is also an experienced businessman. In addition to the work he does with AppZoro, he is Vice President of Sara Hospitality – an international, family-owned furniture manufacturer based in India, serving the US hospitality industry. He has been materially involved since he was 18 and is responsible for procurement, marketing, sales, customer service and finance for the business. In this role, he has learned the key elements of “grind” to build a successful startup.
Through Atlanta Tech Village, and as a private consultant, Sam helps business owners develop sound digital strategies that leverage both current and emerging technologies to increase revenues, streamline productivity, attract investors, and nurture customer relationships. Learn more about Sam and AppZoro on their website, and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.